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American Jewry [clear filter]
Saturday, February 13
 

5:15pm

Morocco and Her Jews: A Story of Surprise and Grandeur
Little known and less appreciated through the Ashkenazi world is the story of the Jewish community of Morocco, dating back to Roman times.  The King of Morocco often says that “the Jews are more Moroccan than the Moroccans” for they predated the arrival of the Arabs and Islam by at least 750 years!  Contained in this session will be what is considered by many to be the strongest statement ever written about the Holocaust- penned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco in 2009.  With over 25 visits and a deep academic interest in the subject, the speaker will convey an important alternative perspective on the contemporary distancing between Jews and Muslims.

Made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.



Presenters
avatar for Peter Geffen

Peter Geffen

Founder and Executive Director, KIVUNIM
Peter Geffen is a founder of The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC, former Director of the Israel Experience Program for the CRB Foundation and an Israel education specialist. His career as a social activist started as a civil rights worker for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He has... Read More →


Saturday February 13, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Belltown
 
Sunday, February 14
 

5:15pm

A Young Jew in the Civil Rights Movement: A Personal Story
“Selma” has raised American consciousness of the power and significance of the
Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s for the realization of key pieces of the American 
dream and promise.  Yet the movie seems to have made many Jews feel left out as 
the iconic image of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel moved from foreground to 
background.  Hear from a now veteran, then young civil rights worker about the 
relationship between Martin Luther King and Heschel; of the historic roles played by 
young Jews in the movement; of the spiritual impact of those experiences, and of the 
implications and challenges they represent for today and tomorrow.

Made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Geffen

Peter Geffen

Founder and Executive Director, KIVUNIM
Peter Geffen is a founder of The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC, former Director of the Israel Experience Program for the CRB Foundation and an Israel education specialist. His career as a social activist started as a civil rights worker for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He has... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 5:15pm - 6:30pm
High Ridge